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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2003–2011
LabelsInvada Records (UK/EU)
We Are Busy Bodies (CAN)
IMPOSE Records (US)
Deleted Art (SWE)
Out of Touch (CAN)
Itchy Roof Records (CAN)
SpinoffsAbsolutely Free
Past membersTomas Del Balso
Mike Claxton
Jordan Holmes
Matt King
Michael Rozenberg
Sean Champion
Jonathan Macias
Heather Curley

DD/MM/YYYY (pronounced "day month year") was a Canadian experimental rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They were known for their abstract music, use of unconventional instruments, use of complex time signatures, and their rotating member roles.

The nature of DD/MM/YYYY's music was explained as "a mess of spastic, specially challenged art rock with jagged, diamondback guitars, '80s video game synthesizers, and drums that roll with all the punches of the discordant dreamy vocals"[1] and self-described as "always changing and always moving"[2]


The band was formed from ex-members of Toronto bands Plant the Bomb, The Viking Club and The Newfound Interest in Connecticut.

On 17 March 2009, DD/MM/YYYY released their third and final album, Black Square. The album garnered much national, and international press for the band. The Canadian Dose Magazine gave it 4/5 stars and described the album along its enigmatic terms saying: "Black Square bends time and space, trapping you in a dense mesh of punk noise and math rock that will stay imprinted in your neural pathways long after the album’s final coda."[3] The band also embarked on two 5-week European tours and two 60-date North American tours in support of the album.

DD/MM/YYYY toured with Crystal Castles, Don Caballero, sBACH, These Arms Are Snakes, and Japanther.[4] They've also performed at South by South West Music Festival in Austin, Texas three times (2008, 2009, and 2010).

In 2010, the band traveled to Hong Kong to play at the Music Matters conference.[5]

The band was chosen by Portishead to perform at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festivals they curated in July at London's Alexandra Palace and in September in Asbury Park, New Jersey.[6][7]

DD/MM/YYYY played their final show on 11 November 2011 at 918 Bathurst Centre in Toronto.[8] On 17 November, four of the five members debuted their new band Absolutely Free at the M For Montreal Festival.[9]


  • Mike Claxton — bass guitar, synthesizers, clarinet
  • Tomas Del Balso — vocals, guitars, drums
  • Jordan Holmes — synthesizers, guitars
  • Matt King — vocals, synthesizers, drums, saxophone
  • Moshe Rozenberg — drums, synthesizers


Studio albums[edit]

  • Blue Screen of Death (2005, We Are Busy Bodies)
  • Are They Masks? (2007, We Are Busy Bodies)
  • Black Square (2008, We Are Busy Bodies, Invada Records)


  • Imagine! from Are They Masks? Music video by Humble Empire Imagine! [10]
  • Infinity Skull Cube from Black Square Music video by Jesi The Elder[11]
  • Digital Haircut from "Black Square" Music Video by Humble Empire[12]
  • I'm Still In The Wall from "Black Square" Music Video by Exploding Motor Car[13]

Television Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "SPIN.com: DD/MM/YYYY". Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2008.
  2. ^ Jiwani, Shehzaad (7 May 2007). "Chartattack DD/MM/YYYY Offer New Album And Heiress Sex Tapes". Chartattack.com. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Dd/Mm/Yyyy". Dose.ca. 11 March 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "dd/mm/yyyy". spinner.ca. 18 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  6. ^ "ATP: I'll Be Your Mirror London". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  7. ^ ATP: I'll Be Your Mirror Asbury Park
  8. ^ "BlogTO: DD/MM/YYYY go out with a bang". blogTO.com. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  9. ^ DD/MM/YYYY Break Up, Form Absolutely Free • News • exclaim.ca
  10. ^ "by Humble Empire". youtube.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Infinity Skull Cube Video by Jesi the Elder". youtube.com. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Digital Hair Cut Video by Humble Empire". youtube.com. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  13. ^ "I'm Still In The Wall Video by Exploding Motor Car". youtube.com. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  14. ^ "ddmmyyyy do MTV". Eyeweekly. Retrieved 10 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "NOS NEWS:ddmmyyyy release tape cassette in amsterdamn". Player.omroep.nl. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2011.

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